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BJP, JD(U) to form alliance for K'taka polls

BJP will have an alliance with the JD(U) for the forthcoming Assembly elections in Karnataka.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2008 06:11 PM IST

BJP will have an alliance with the JD(U) for the forthcoming Assembly elections in Karnataka, notwithstanding the state unit's desire to go for it alone.

Top BJP sources made it clear that the party will have a tie-up with JD(U) but said the finer details of the adjustment are yet to be worked out.

The party's state leadership is reluctant to have an alliance with any party, including the JD(U), as it wants to contest in as many seats as possible to increase its tally.

On the other hand, the central leadership is of the view that the party cannot antagonise JD(U), a key NDA constituent and its ruling partner in Bihar.

Last time, the BJP had an alliance with JD(U) and an understanding with AIADMK. While JD(U) won five out of the 25 seats it had contested, AIADMK bagged two.

Party sources said the central leadership has conveyed to the state unit that the JD(U) has to be accommodated, but all indications are that it might not be given the same number of seats given last time.
Karnataka BJP leaders argue that JD(U) has weakened much in the state with several of its leaders, including Basavaraj Bommai, joining the party. Basavaraj is the son of JD(U)'s founder president S R Bommai.

However, no decision has been taken on whether to have a seat adjustment with the AIADMK.

The Jayalalithaa-led party has a significant presence in at least ten seats where there is a sizable chunk of Tamil population.

The AIADMK had in the past won couple of seats in areas like Kollar and Bangalore city.

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